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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

2017 FANTASY FOOTBALL PLAYERS I WILL TARGET: QUARTERBACK

With all of my first batch of 2017 fantasy football rankings already in the books, now let's hit every position in a Draft Primer where I share the players I will target in drafts this season.  We begin with the quarterbacks who of course carry the glamour spot in fantasy football but who should be avoided as early-round draft picks by the opinion of this peanut stand in single-passer formats.  With most leagues using just one QB, the best course of action is to resist the urge to draft Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, or Tom Brady and instead take advantage of the yearly value plays that always present themselves.  Just to drive this point home, the very LAST pick of last year's Fantasy Sports Boss Experts League draft was Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan who of course went on to have a blockbuster campaign where he blew the doors off with monster numbers across the board.  Ryan has been a HUGE favorite of yours truly as an annual value play as those who are religious followers can attest and I also have been big on Eli Manning and Kirk Cousins recently as well.  This season both Manning and Cousins make my target list among some others.

2017 FANTASY FOOTBALL QUARTERBACKS I WILL TARGET

Jameis Winston:  I was big on Winston last season and he came through with 4,090 yards and 28 touchdown passes in his sophomore campaign.  Now Winston is on the verge of smashing into the Tier 1 plateau among QB's as his offensive surrounding cast is ridiculous.  Joining All-Pro wideout Mike Evans is perhaps the best deep threat receiver in the game in free agent addition DeSean Jackson; not to mention the drafting of uber-talented tight end O.J. Howard joining the already potent Cameron Brate.  Winston should blow past 30 passing scores and 4,200 yards this season and only has to decrease the 18 picks he tossed last season to achieve top tier status.

Matthew Stafford:  Stafford is an interesting case in that many in the fantasy football community swear off the guy despite the fact he has been pretty darn good the last five years.  While he tends to throw more picks then you like, Stafford is a yardage monster on an annual basis and he also has a knack for picking up a few scores on the ground.  He also tossed 32 touchdowns in 2015 and was on his way toward matching that last season before a finger injury derailed him in the second half.  The draft price is super cheap and Stafford has a nice nucleus of receivers to target as well.

Eli Manning:  Yeah I know I supported Manning as a value play last season and he didn't go along with the plan with 26 TD's and 16 picks and a noticeable struggle throwing deep.  Still Manning now has Brandon Marshall coming to town to join Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, and rookie receiving stud Evan Engram.   Give him another chance.

Kirk Cousins:  I do have concerns about the departure of not only OC Sean McVay but wideouts Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson but Cousins is a pure gunslinger who still has a nice young arsenal of developing weapons.  Having made every start the last two years as well, Cousins is very dependable.

Philip Rivers:  Rivers is annually on this list as he ALWAYS comes cheaper then he should.  Blame some of that on the West Coast screen but Rivers is coming off a 2016 campaign where he was a yardage fiend once again (4,386) and tossed 33 scores.  The 21 picks were a big problem no doubt but Rivers now gets Keenan Allen back to health to join the developing Tyrell Williams, top rookie Mike Williams, and double-tight ends Antonio Gates and Hunter Henry.  Tremendous value.

Backups

Carson Wentz:  Wentz was a typical rookie last season as he started off well but then struggled when NFL defenses adjusted to his strengths.  I still like the overall outlook here and would be perfectly happy with the kid's upside on my bench.

Andy Dalton:  Dalton is your classic top backup in single-passer leagues and he can help you in a pinch when injuries hit your starter as well.  Durable and solid, that is exactly what you require of your backup.


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